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Steve Jobs / Apple:
Thoughts on Music  —  With the stunning global success of Apple's iPod music player and iTunes online music store, some have called for Apple to "open" the digital rights management (DRM) system that Apple uses to protect its music against theft, so that music purchased from iTunes can be played …
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Nick / Rough Type:
Jobs calls for end to DRM  —  A while back I argued that the big record companies would be much better served by allowing the sale of downloadable songs without copy protection (ie, digital rights management, or DRM).  Because DRM has little or no effect on piracy, the only one benefiting …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:   Steve Jobs Asks Record Labels To Abolish DRM
Tom Krazit / CNET
Apple's Jobs calls for DRM-free world
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:   Steve Jobs back from the Dark Side!
Ryan Block / Engadget:   A letter from Steve Jobs on DRM: let's get rid of it
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:   The Marketing Genius of Steve Jobs
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Steve Jobs: world's best linkbaiter
Discussion: Boing Boing and Seeking Alpha
Carlo / Techdirt:   Steve Jobs Says Record Labels Should Ditch Their DRM
Breaking: Tivo Boxes to Download Amazon Unboxed Videos  —  Amazon and TiVo just made me wet my pants with what could be a killer app in the digital video distribution arms race: TiVo Series 3 and 2 set top boxes will be living room conduits for content from Amazon's Unbox video download service.
Associated Press:
TiVo, Amazon offer video downloads that can be viewed on TV sets  —  SEATTLE — Inc. and TiVo Inc. have jumped into the digital download wars — with a twist: The new partners will beam movies and TV shows directly to their customers' living rooms.
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:   Amazon, TiVo Pair Up For PC-To-DVR Downloads
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:   Amazon Unbox, Now Playing on TiVo
Ted Bridis / Associated Press:
Hackers Attack Key Net Traffic Computers  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Hackers briefly overwhelmed at least three of the 13 computers that help manage global computer traffic Tuesday in one of the most significant attacks against the Internet since 2002.  —  Experts said the unusually powerful attacks lasted …
Microsoft Outlines Vision to Enable Secure and Easy Anywhere Access for People and Organizations  —  Company announces new alliances and product initiatives to help evolve networks, protection and identity and achieve anywhere access.  —  Top executives from Microsoft Corp. today outlined …
Kim Cameron / Kim Cameron's Identity Weblog:
CardSpace / OpenID Collaboration Announcement  —  Microsoft to Work With the OpenID Community, Collaborating With JanRain, Sxip, and VeriSign  —  Posted on Tuesday 6 February 2007  —  As an outcome of the discussions that have been taking place here in the Blogosphere - and in-person meetings …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Google to charge businesses for Google Apps  —  Google plans to start charging soon for use of its set of web applications, Google Apps for Your Domain.  The set of apps includes Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, Google Page Creator, a start page, and will eventually add in the word processing and spreadsheet apps from Google Docs.
Business Wire:
HandHeld Entertainment Acquires and Increases Audience to More Than 13.7 Million Unique Visitors and 83 Million Page Views  —  The $7.1 Million Acquisition of Transforms HandHeld Entertainment's Network of User-Generated Web Sites into a Significant Worldwide Online Video Network
Discussion: alarm:clock and NewTeeVee
Deborah Yao / Business Week:
Comcast, Facebook to launch video series  —  Comcast Corp. and are joining forces to create a television series from user-generated videos that will appear online and through video on demand.  —  Called "Facebook Diaries," the series will consist of 10 half-hour episodes produced …
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Washington Post Co's Mark Whitaker Says "Video is the Next Great Frontier" in Journalism — Beet.TV Goes To MIT Tomorrow: Chillin' by the Charles with Henry Jenkins.......  Mark Whitaker is one of our most celebrated journalists.  Having lead Newsweek as its award-winning editor in chief for eight years …
Discussion: John Furrier and 901am
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
6 Startup Lessons For The Year 2007  —  By guest author Jawad Shuaib, the founder of The social network for geeks.  —  Startups have been multiplying like rabbits over the past three years.  Due to the added competition, many startups are beginning to narrow their focus to a much smaller demographic.
Discussion: digg
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Metacafe gets a new CEO  —  Scoop  —  Metacafe, the online video startup that was rumored to be close to an acquisition deal for $200 million or so last December, is getting a new CEO.  Co-founder Arik Czerniak tells us that he is stepping down as CEO and will remain at the company focusing on products and strategy.
Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
Is this the newspaper of the future?  —  Last month I wrote about flexible display company Plastic Logic, who plan to have a factory up-and-running to produce electronic readers by 2008.  Yesterday, Polymer Vision announced the Readius, an electronic reader with a rollable screen that folds to the size of a mobile phone.
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